How Can I Treat Dry Eyes?
Having dry eyes can be annoying and frustrating. So, here’s a helpful list of the different treatments available to treat dry eyes. The treatment option you choose depends on what’s causing your dry eyes, the severity of your symptoms, and your personal preferences. Read on to find out more about dry eyes treatments including acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
There are many different medications to help you treat dry eyes. However, the medication you take will depend on what’s causing your dry eyes. In some cases, you may already be taking medication for another condition, and that medication could be causing your dry eyes. So, your doctor may recommend that you switch to a different medication.
You may also wish to take medication to treat dry eyes directly. A common option is eye drops or artificial tears, which moisten your eyes. You could also try ointments which are more effective for coating your eyes. But these ointments can make your vision cloudy, so it’s best to use them before going to bed.
If your symptoms are caused by lack of oil in your tears, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications. Some antibiotics can help to promote oil production, while anti-inflammatory medications target swollen eyelids which can block the path of oil from your oil glands to your eyes.
If normal eye drops don’t work for you, you could also try inserts. These small clear tubes are inserted between your eyeball and lower eyelid and release medication to keep your eyes moist throughout the day.
There are also several procedures you can have done to help treat dry eyes. These include clearing blocked oil glands through LipiFlow thermal pulsation and blocking your tear ducts so that tears cannot drain away from your eyes. You can also get special contact lenses that help to keep your eyes moist.
Natural Remedies and Lifestyle Changes:
Aside from the hassle of taking medications and or having procedures done, you might find some relief through simple home remedies. For example, placing a warm, damp cloth over your eyes for five minutes can help to soothe dry eyes for some people. Similarly, drinking enough water, avoiding smoky environments, and wearing sunglasses can also help to reduce dry eyes. If you spend a lot of time in a room with dry air, it might be possible to get a cool mist humidifier.
Intense Pulsed Light Treatment:
Another option for treating dry eyes is intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment. This therapy can be effective for treating dry eyes, and one study even found that, “93% of patients reported post-treatment satisfaction with degree of dry eye syndrome symptoms.”
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:
If you’re looking for a treatment for dry eyes but without the risk of harmful side effects that come with most medications and procedures, come along to Centre of Balance! In our clinics, our professional, qualified practitioners use techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine to help get you back into shape. These techniques include acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbal medicines, which are natural and have very low risks of side effects.
Acupuncture is especially effective for treating dry eyes. This is because it addresses the underlying cause of symptoms like dry eyes, which promotes a holistic, long-term solution. Researchers have found that, “Acupuncture may have benefits on the mid-term outcomes related to dry eye syndrome compared with artificial tears.”
In more depth, this study also showed that, “In addition, the improvement of OSDI [ocular surface disease index] was sustained until 8 weeks after treatment in the acupuncture group, but not in the artificial tears group. Furthermore, fewer patients visited ophthalmic clinics to manage dry eye symptoms in the acupuncture treatment group during the follow-up period. Apart from these subjective outcomes, TFBUT [tear film break-up time] (which objectively reflects the stability of pre-corneal tear film) showed significant improvement in the acupuncture group.”
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There are many treatments available to treat dry eyes. These range from medication and procedures to natural remedies, lifestyle changes, and therapies like intense pulsed light treatment. However, Chinese Medicine is a superior treatment option, as it presents only a very low risk of side effects, while producing long-term effective healing results.